2023 Nominees for the Guild Board of Trustees

Trustee candidates seeking their first three-year terms:

Dr. Ivonne Chand O'Neal (she/her), Founder & Chief Research Officer, MUSE Research; Washington, D.C.

Ivonne Chand O’Neal, Ph.D., is Founder and Chief Research Officer for MUSE Research, a creativity, arts research, and cultural strategy consulting firm providing impact assessment, curriculum development, strategic research design, and evaluation services for creative youth development initiatives, school districts, educational institutions, government organizations, foundations, museums, performing arts centers,
pop culture initiatives, the entertainment industry, and multinational business enterprises in the areas of creativity in arts, corporate, and healthcare domains; arts impact; audience impact; culture; civic engagement; creative placemaking; arts equity and access; restorative and social justice; and arts education. Dr. Chand O’Neal’s current work centers on measuring the impact of the arts on marginalized and underserved populations, and building diversity, equity, and inclusion access to arts education. She also serves as a cultural strategist building evaluation systems to assess the social impact of pop culture on the American public through her work past work with the Pop Culture Collaborative and the USC Norman Lear Center, and applies her training in cognitive psychology to address equity decision-making patterns under
the current pandemic circumstances in access to healthcare with such entities as the National Institutes of Health, Massachusetts General Hospital System, and the arts with such institutions as the Minnesota Opera in the wake of the George Floyd murder.

Dr. Chand O’Neal currently resides in Silver Spring, MD, with her husband, son, daughter, and beautiful red fox that occasionally visits her backyard.

Dr. Roque Diaz (he/him), Senior Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, MacPhail Center for Music; Minneapolis, MN 

A first-generation neurodivergent Puerto Rican college graduate, Dr. Diaz has shaped his career goals and qualifications by combining leadership, administration, scholarship, teaching, and performance through nonprofit arts organizations, higher education institutions, and K-12 school teaching in multiple countries. Dr. Diaz started at MacPhail Center for Music as the Director of School Partnerships and currently guides the Center’s diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) strategies and initiatives as the Senior Director of DEI. Dr. Diaz's journey as a historically excluded and marginalized person in predominantly white spaces underlies his commitment to assuring more inclusive, culturally aware, and relevant experiences through the lens of DEI. As a trumpeter, Dr. Diaz has performed with major international orchestras and continues to perform orchestral, chamber, contemporary, Latin, jazz, and other music.

Aurora Toshiko King (she/her), Executive Director, Free Spirit Media; Chicago, IL

Aurora Toshiko King has spent her career working at the intersection of community arts, teaching artistry and intergenerational art making in the Bay Area and Chicago. She envisions a world where young people have everything they need to step into their power and brilliance, community-based artists are thriving, and everyone has access to holistic creative spaces that uplift our collective humanity and our interdependent liberation.

Karin Orenstein (she/her), Dean, Settlement Music School; Philadelphia, PA

Karin Orenstein is an arts leader who is passionate about cultivating a creative atmosphere where community is the center focus. Karin was appointed Dean of Settlement Music School in 2021 after serving as Director of Education and Director of the Wynnefield Branch of Settlement Music School. Prior to coming to Settlement Music School, she led a 6-12 grade music program at Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy, and held teaching positions at George Washington University, Howard County Community College, The Catholic University, and Towson University.

She received her Bachelor’s degree in Piano Pedagogy from Shenandoah Conservatory and her Master and Doctorate degrees from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. Her passion for equitable education and understanding how to best support her students led her to focus her studies surrounding learning styles and the deep impact of the arts in communities.

Karin is an alumna of the National Guild for Community Arts Education’s Leadership Institute (CAELI), was the Co-Ambassador of the Large School Network, and a Member of the Creative Youth Development Steering Committee for the National Guild for Community Arts Education. She currently serves on the Education Team for Jazz Philadelphia where she works with other educators and administrators around the Philadelphia region to focus on building a healthy jazz community in the arts.

Traci Slater-Rigaud (she/her), Senior Director of Member Engagement & Partnerships, United Philanthropy Forum/Lewis Prize for Music; Washington, D.C.

Traci Slater-Rigaud is the Senior Director of Member Engagement & Partnerships at the United Philanthropy Forum. Prior to coming to the Forum, Traci served as the Director of the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards with the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities for over 12 years, most recently under the Obama administration. She is the former Program Coordinator for Arts in Education with the National PTA where she managed the Reflections Program. Before the National PTA, Traci was the Curator of Education at Miami Art Museum. Her background also includes the role of Public Programs Manager at the Baltimore Museum of Art. Traci also remains connected to her first love, arts education, through her work with the Lewis Prize for Music. She currently serves on the boards of the Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center (SEEC) and the board of Dance/USA.

At the core of every endeavor throughout her career is catalyzing racial equity and social justice through the arts and philanthropy. Traci holds a Bachelor of Science in Social Science and a Masters of Arts in Art Education, both from the University of Cincinnati. She also holds a Certificate in Nonprofit Executive Leadership from the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University. Additionally, Traci holds a Certificate in Racial Healing from the Center for Community Philanthropy, Clinton School of Public Service, at the University of Arkansas.